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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesNew Mexico

Sam Gilbert BRATTON

(1888-1963)
Senate Years of Service:
1925-1933
Party:
Democrat

BRATTON, Sam Gilbert, a Senator from New Mexico; born in Kosse, Limestone County, Tex., August 19, 1888; attended the public schools; graduated from State Normal School and taught school for several years at Claude and Hereford, Tex.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Farwell, Parmer County, Tex.; moved to Clovis, N.Mex., in 1915 and continued the practice of law; judge of the district court for the fifth judicial district of New Mexico 1919-1921, when, this district being divided, he became judge of the ninth judicial district 1921-1923; associate justice of the supreme court of New Mexico 1923-1924, when he resigned to accept the nomination for Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1924; reelected in 1930 and served from March 4, 1925, until his resignation, effective June 24, 1933; chairman, Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation (Seventy-third Congress); resigned to accept an appointment as circuit judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Judicial Circuit 1933-1961; died in Albuquerque, N.Mex., September 22, 1963; interment in Fairview Park Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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